Sony BCT-33SR

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  • 60i Run Time: 33 Minutes
  • 24p Run Time: 41 Minutes
  • Tape Size: Small Cassette

ID: 1906
Part Number: BCT-33SR

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  • The most advanced metal particle tape in Sony's 1/2 broadcast family of professional tape products
  • Metal particles 50% smaller than HDCAM tape with improved magnetic characteristics yielding: 2X the output (6-7dB), 2.7X the recording density of HDCAM tape, and 3.3X the density of D5-HD tape
  • Tele-File label with IC memory built on cassette to capture content metadata
  • Specially designed locking album case with improved tape protection characteristics
  • By providing full bandwidth RGB, HDCAM SR helps bridge the gap between acquisition and Digital Intermediate workflows. 
  • HDCAM SR's ability to store RGB images in real time, cost effectively and in a timely manner, will lead to higher quality composite effects and film to tape archiving.
  • The HDCAM SR contains metal particles that are approximately half the size of HDCAM allowing for a much higher density recording layer that provides an additional 6 dB of signal saturation.
  • Along with the higher density recording, the smaller particles allow the cassettes to capture recording wavelength to 0.29um representing the highest performance of metal tape in the broadcast family.
  • HDCAM SR has recording lengths up to 50 minutes for the small size cassette, and 155 minutes for the large cassette in 24P mode.
  • HDCAM SR utilizes the 4:4:4 capture. At 24P it will facilitate the highest quality transfers to motion picture film and support enhanced blue/green screen compositing and the creation of contemporary special effects. Using 4:4:4 RGB HDCAM SR uses no chroma subsampling, but instead yields more of the full bandwidth of the HDSDI signal.

HDCAM SR Recording Time Chart

Important Reasons to Switch to HDCAM SR 

HDCAM SR is a sophisticated format that allows you view recorded footage with more clarity and color than ever before. HDCAM SR in 2003 was an improvement from HDCAM from 1997 and now has even more features enabled for aspiring cameramen and even professionals who work in filming and editing every day. What are some of the best advantages of using HDCAM SR cassette format?

First, there is more capacity for higher quality footage and greater storage capacity per cassette. HDCAM SR is so technologically advanced that this is the same format that networks use when filming their weekly dramatic series. This is also the same technology that brings wildlife programming to you on cable channels. HDCAM SR provides excellent-quality digital production, high-resolution film transfer work and a 12-channel audio mastering capability.

HDCAM SR answered a need that was being expressed by prominent content producers, stating that they wanted more headroom in digital recordings. Sony is one of the latest companies to jump on the HD bandwagon with their own HDCAM SR system. HDCAM SR tapes offer a much greater storage capacity and higher data transfer rates with cleaner quality thanks to MPEG-4 compression. They can also record either RGB 4:4:4 or component 4:2:2 high-definition video at a high megabits per second ration; some units go as high as 440 Mbits while others go up to 800! Additionally, this format offers an integrated video encoding-decoding chipset that helps users to create visually "lossless" images.

Every frame on HDCAM SR consists of 24 helical tracks and errors are minimized thanks to data shuffling. Experts state that the HDCAM SR format is at least 3.5 times better than that of its closest competitor, the standard HDCAM format first released in 1997. This capability allows for frame-accurate editing, a feature that is lacking in most other DV camcorders, and certainly when dealing with High Definition.

HDCAM SR offers more stability and more power when you film your projects. If you are interested in filming, video journalism or other semi-professional opportunities, an HDCAM SR is the best way to upgrade your own image from that of an amateur to that of a professional.

For more information on HDCAM SR check out our FAQ page .

ID: 1906 BRAND: Sony PART NUMBER: BCT-33SR Category:

Technical Specifications

Brand Sony
Product Type HDCAM SR
Model BCT-33SR
Part Number BCT-33SR
60i Run Time 33 Minutes
24p Run Time 41 Minutes
Tape Size Small Cassette

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